There are many exciting yandere characters in anime, including Yuno Gasai, Shion Sonozaki, and Misa Amane; who is your favorite?
While there is no exact definition for this anime character archetype, its general traits are well understood.
Yandere characters are deeply infatuated, exhibiting intense obsession and violent tendencies. They can be likened to the stereotype of a crazed ex-girlfriend or boyfriend.
In their pursuit of maintaining a relationship with their beloved, these characters are willing to resort to extreme measures, often resorting to acts of murder or manipulation. The term “Yandere” is a combination of two Japanese words: “yanderu,” which translates to “mentally ill,” and “deredere,” signifying “lovestruck.”
Anime Yandere Characters
Despite their deranged actions, Yandere characters are often portrayed in a romanticized or sympathetic manner, and they can be found across all genres of anime. Below are some examples of yandere characters and an explanation of their traits.
Typically, yandere characters are depicted as individuals who have undergone childhood trauma, often involving the loss of someone close to them, such as a family member. While these individuals might not have physically passed away, they could have rejected the yandere, essentially becoming emotionally dead to them yet very much alive within the narrative.
In some instances, impending death or severe illness might be the reason behind the yandere’s overly emotional and possessive love. This explanation could shed light on the source of their obsessive behavior.
Anime: Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Creator: Sakae Esuno
Meet Yuno Gasai, the central character of the manga and anime series “Future Diary.” This dangerously unbalanced teenage girl becomes fixated on Yukiteru Amano and ultimately claims her position as his “queen” within their deadly imaginary game.
Yuno’s obsession knows no bounds in this game of death, and she shows no hesitation in eliminating anyone, including those she once considered friends or loved ones, who dares to obstruct her path.
Anime: Happy Sugar Life
Satou is a stunning girl with thigh-length bubblegum pink hair and fair skin. She wears two tiny buns on her head, one adorned with lace and the other with a red plaid pattern ribbon. Her dark crimson eyes highlight her face.
At first glance, Satou seems like a friendly and caring person who enjoys spending time with her friend Shōko Hida. She has a natural talent for handling any situation easily, making her a role model for her coworkers.
Unfortunately, Satou has experienced several instances of stalking, which Shouko has revealed. Despite this, Satou still maintains her friendly demeanor and is well-respected by her peers for her practical and educated approach. She is always willing to lend a helping hand to her coworkers when they need it.
Anime: Death Note
Notable aliases: Amane Misa, Kira II, Misa, Misa Misa, Second Kira
The person in question is a young woman with an attractive appearance who is short and slender. Her long, straight hair is golden-blonde, often styled with red ribbons in pigtails, but occasionally left loose. In the anime, it appears she was originally a brunette.
She tends to speak in the third person and exhibits hyperactive, impulsive, and childlike behavior. Misa is outgoing and popular due to her profession and draws a large crowd during her visit to Light’s university campus.
Anime: Elfen Lied
Type of Villain: Dissociative Misanthrope
Powers / Skills: Ability to project telekinesis-generated invisible arms, which she can use to manipulate objects
Kaede, the protagonist, and anti-hero of Elfen Lied, is also known as Lucy when she is in her mad form or Nyu when she is in her amnesiac form. She is a Diclonius, an evolutionary offshoot of the human race, and the Queen of the Race of Diclonius. In addition to being Kouta’s love interest, she also serves as the deuteragonist.
Kaede has at least three different personalities, or “alters,” due to her Dissociative Identity Disorder, which she has had since childhood. The three main alters of Kaede/Lucy are Nyu, the DNA voice, and her authentic self.
Griffith was often amazed by his humble beginnings, considering his exemplary behavior, polite mannerisms, and sharp intellect.
- Ends the Hundred-Year War by recapturing Doldrey.
- He defeats Emperor Ganishka and triggers the Great Roar of the Astral World by stopping the Kushan invasion of Midland.
- The Band of the Falcon is sacrificed for kinship with the God Hand.
Anime TV: Deadman Wonderland
When Ganta first meets her, he notices she is a shy and gentle girl who seems out of place in her current situation. She has a deep love for flowers, which is a testament to her caring and kind personality. However, she uses her reserved and quiet demeanor to hide her true nature and deceive those around her into thinking she is secure.
24Haruna Niekawa – Anime: Durarara!!
Age: 16 (at the start) 17 (Dragon Zombie Arc)
It seems that Saika has had a strong influence on Haruna, causing her to become somewhat unhinged. She believes she controls the demon blade, but in reality, it controls her. When a daughter blade of Saika influenced her, Haruna fell in love with her teacher, Nasujima. Unfortunately, this led to her attempting to harm him with the help of Saika’s daughter.
She transferred to a different high school in West Ikebukuro to avoid getting caught. Although she remains obsessed with Nasujima, it appears that Haruna’s mental state has improved since her introduction in Volume 8.
23Elena Aoki – (Gleipnir)
There is a person named Elena who seems to have trouble controlling her emotions. She has a strong attraction to Shuichi Kagaya, which causes her to act shy around him but also leads her to become possessive and violent towards him.
Elena transformed Shuichi into a creature that looks like a costume in an attempt to merge with him, similar to what Clair did. Her mental state appears to be disturbed and unpredictable, as she can switch from one extreme emotion to another very quickly. She may even act violently toward someone who she perceives as a threat.
TV show: Re:Creators
Played by: Aki Toyosaki
Unlike other Created, Altair possesses a unique awareness of living within a fictional world, and unlike her fellow counterparts, she remains oblivious to the identity of her Creators.
Altair’s heart is captivated by her creator, Setsuna Shimazaki, who is fully conscious of her existence, the real world, and her role as a Creator. However, tragedy strikes when Altair learns about Setsuna’s heartbreaking suicide, instilling within her a deep-seated animosity toward the real world, and a fervent desire to see it utterly destroyed.
21Hisoka Morow – (Hunter X Hunter)
Notable alias: Hisoka Morow
Creator: Yoshihiro Togashi
Hisoka resembles a magician or jester with a tall, muscular build and light skin. In each story arc, he dons a unique outfit embellished with different suit symbols.
His face paint, which includes a star on his right cheek and a teardrop on his left, occasionally changes colors in the 2011 anime. During the Greed Island arc, Hisoka also wears the Greed Island Ring on his left middle finger.
20Shuu Tsukiyama – (Tokyo Ghoul)
In the early episodes of Tokyo Ghoul, Tsukiyama appeared as a self-assured, amiable, and clever ghoul. However, it was all part of his scheme to entice his “targets” into the Ghoul Restaurant and conceal his savage, self-centered, and unconventional actions.
He would resort to any merciless methods to satisfy his desire for consuming the finest meals made from his “targets”. As a result, the majority of ghouls in the 20th ward held a negative opinion of him.
19Mikasa- (Attack on Titan)
Notable aliases: Mikasa Ackerman, Mikasa Ackermann
Creator: Hajime Isayama
Mikasa was a cheerful, outgoing, and gentle child before she went to live with the Yeager family. Her innocence allowed her to push anxious thoughts aside and enjoy a happy life with her parents and loved ones. However, as she grew older, Mikasa became emotionally withdrawn and even dangerous. She could intimidate both her enemies and comrades at times.
18Lindo – (Dance With Devils)
Lindo is a determined person who cares deeply for his loved ones, especially Ritsuka Tachibana whom he prioritizes protecting. Despite enduring physical harm while shielding her, he remained unfazed. Lindo is committed to ensuring that Ritsuka remains safe and will never give up on this goal.
He is not only intelligent and determined, but also resourceful and loyal. Lindo was a dear friend to Azuna Kuzuha, and he felt sorrowful when she died at the hands of Jek.
17Haru – (My Little Monsters)
Although Haru may come across as violent and intimidating, his behavior is merely a front. As the plot progresses, it becomes clear that he is actually innocent, naive, and clueless.
In middle school, he experienced a traumatic event that has left him with awkward social skills. However, when he is around Shizuku Mizutani, he is able to communicate with others in a more appropriate manner.
16Rena- (Higurashi: When They Cry)
At first, Rena seems kind and amiable, but when provoked or upset, she can become quite intimidating.
Although Keiichi, who is affected by the Hinamizawa Syndrome in this story, may have exaggerated her behavior to some extent, Rena’s response implies that she truly despises dishonesty, especially from those close to her. Whenever Rena sets her mind on something, she can be ruthless and devious.
15Shouko Kirishima- Baka To Test – Summoning The Beasts
Throughout the series, Shouko displays a strong attachment to Yuuji by playfully poking him with scissors or giving him a small shock when he gets too close. However, jealousy is also a challenge for her. Akihisa Yoshii once attacked Yuuji, accusing him of being unfaithful after receiving a somewhat vulgar message from Shouko.
14Medusa – (Soul Eater)
Played by: Houko Kuwashima
Creator: Atsushi Ōkubo
TV show: Soul Eater
Medusa, the nurse at DWMA, presents herself as a compassionate and helpful staff member. She goes above and beyond to take care of Maka Albarn, even when the student is feeling insecure about being a meister.
Medusa also shows concern for other students and is known for being a kind and caring faculty member who offers advice and guidance.
13Ayase Aragaki – (Oreimo)
Ayase admires her classmate Kirino Kousaka, who is also her best friend and treats her kindly. Despite being soft-spoken and polite, Kirino can be forceful when she catches someone lying.
This assertive side has led some classmates to label her as a ‘yandere’. Nevertheless, Ayase knows that Kirino is still a kind and caring person to those she loves.
12Seijuurou – (Kuroko No Basuke)
In the series, Akashi comes across as extremely intimidating and condescending initially, as he leads the Generation of Miracles and instructs them. Although he doesn’t fully trust his team’s skills, he still holds great respect and admiration for them.
During his childhood, Akashi cultivated a winner’s mentality, firmly believing that winners are entitled to everything in life while losers are left with nothing.
Having never experienced defeat, victory seems to flow effortlessly to him. However, when Taiga Kagami defied Akashi’s orders, tensions escalated, and in a moment of anger, Akashi resorted to an alarming act, attempting to harm Kagami with a pair of scissors borrowed from Shintarō Midorima.
11Belarus – (Hetalia: Axis Powers)
She has a strong affection for her elder brother Russia and desires to marry him, but he is uncomfortable around her and does not reciprocate her feelings.
On several occasions, she is seen wielding a knife, particularly in “Meeting Of The World,” where her brother intimidates Latvia with the weapon.
Moreover, she exhibits a fearless demeanor when it comes to resorting to violence and displays sadistic tendencies. For instance, when Lithuania musters the courage to ask her out on a date, she responds by ruthlessly breaking all of his fingers.
10Akane Hiyama – (Renai Boukun)
Deeply enamored with Seiji Aino, the gentle Akane harbors a disturbing ability to morph into a psychopathic monster, driven by her intense love for him.
In her possessive passion, she perceives herself as the sole person allowed to cause harm to Seiji, going to great lengths to eliminate anyone who dares to pursue a romantic relationship with him. Her devotion is so extreme that she exhibits no hesitation in resorting to violence, even stabbing Seiji should she perceive any form of betrayal.
9Shuka Karin – (Darwin’s Game)
It seems that Shuka is generally amicable, but she has the ability to turn lethal if circumstances require it. Despite falling for Sudou Kaname after he defeated her, her initial attraction to him stemmed from his status as a newcomer who triumphed over Banda-kun.
8Touko Fukaw – Danganronpa
Toko’s past experiences of being bullied as a child have made her very cautious of others, leading to her being highly suspicious of them. While she may believe that she is being truthful, her strong and often harsh opinions may come across as unkind and bothersome to others.
7Levi Ackerman – (Attack On Titan)
Played by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Creator: Hajime Isayama
Notable aliases: Captain Levi, Levi, Levi Ackerman
People who know Levi personally often describe him as a “clean freak.” This is because he prefers to maintain a spotless environment, likely due to his early childhood experiences.
6Kurumi Tokisaki – (Date A Live)
It can be difficult to comprehend Kurumi’s personality. Similar to many other Spirits when she first appeared, she harbored a strong aversion towards humanity that seemed to border on suspicion. Nevertheless, she possesses a talent for acting and can convincingly depict a youthful and inquisitive persona if necessary. By enrolling at Raizen High School and communicating politely, she showcased her acting prowess.
5Satou – (Happy Sugar Life)
Aliases: Satou-chan, Matsuzaka-san
Satou appears to be a kind and friendly girl who enjoys spending time with her friend, Shōko Hida. She is a sociable person who knows how to handle any situation, making her something of an idol to her colleagues, and she is admired by those who know her well.
Played by: Hitomi Harada
TV show: Baka and Test
Mizuki Himeji has had a crush on Akihisa Yoshii since elementary school. Though she shared these feelings with him, she only realized they were mutual after taking the summoning exams. She has a tendency to act out when intoxicated or emotionally charged.
3Balder Hringhorni – (Kamigami No Asobi)
Balder, the cheerful Light god, is highly admired and draws a lot of attention. However, he often stumbles over imaginary obstacles. Despite his love for meat, he would consume it every single meal if given the chance.
2Haruna Niekawa – (Durarara)
Saika’s influence has driven Haruna to the brink of madness, convincing her that she has control over the demon blade. However, it’s actually the opposite – the blade controls her. Additionally, Haruna’s teacher, Nasujima, fell in love with her while under the influence of Saika’s daughter blade.
TV show: Penguindrum
Played by: Marie Miyake
Ringo and Shoma have a turbulent relationship, and Shoma can sometimes be abusive towards Ringo. She prioritizes her own plans over his comfort and doesn’t make any effort to make him feel at ease.